|Seahawks QB Russell Wilson threw a career-high three touchdown passes, including the game-winner with only 1:18 left as Seattle stunned New England. (US Presswire)|
Tom Brady's first career trip to Seattle was a memorable one for everyone in Seattle except Tom Brady -- and anyone wearing Patriot blue. Brady was upstaged by Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson, who threw two touchdown passes in the final 7:31 as Seattle fought back from a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit to stun the visiting Patriots 24-23 on Sunday at CenturyLink Field and improve their record to 4-2.
After Wilson hit WR Sidney Rice with a 46-yard bomb to give the Seahawks a 24-23 lead, Brady had a chance to engineer his 37th career game-winning drive. The Patriots (3-3) got the ball back at their own 20-yard line with 1:14 left and no timeouts. However, there was no Brady magic to be had. The Patriot threat ended after only four plays when WR Wes Welker was stopped for only 15-yard gain on fourth-and-17.
Brady finished 36 of 58 in the game and threw for a season-high 395 yards, but he also threw two interceptions, including a pivotal fourth-quarter pick in the Seahawks end zone.
Wilson didn't quite put up Brady numbers, but no one in Seattle is complaining. The rookie QB threw for 293 yards and three touchdowns, including two TD passes in the fourth quarter. Besides his 46-yard TD pass to Rice, Wilson also threw a 10-yard fourth-quarter TD pass to Braylon Edwards that trimmed the Patriots' lead from 23-10 to 23-17. The 293 yards and three TD passes were both career-highs for Wilson.
When the game turned: This game didn't turn until the final two minutes when Wilson hit Rice for a 46-yard score that put the Seahawks on top 24-23. The Seahawks went scoreless in both the second and third quarters, totaling only 70 yards, which made their 13-point fourth-quarter comeback that much more surprising.
- Trailing 23-10 in the fourth quarter and facing a fourth-and-3 at New England's 10, Seattle had no choice but to go for it. Wilson then threw the first of his two, fourth-quarter TD passes when he hit Edwards on a perfect fade. The touchdown was set up by an earlier Wilson-to-Golden Tate connection that went for 51 yards.
- With New England at Seattle's 6-yard line, Brady had a chance to put the game on ice in the fourth quarter. However, the Seahawks pulled out the anti-freeze, picking off Brady in the end zone. Earl Thomas' interception didn't lead to any points for Seattle, but it kept the Patriots from going up 27-10 in the fourth.
- Brady's fourth-quarter interception was costly, but it may not have been as costly as an intentional grounding call Brady was flagged for just before halftime. With New England at Seattle's 6-yard line and only six seconds left in the half, the Patriots tried to take one more crack at the end zone. Brady got pressured, then threw the ball out of the end zone. However, because there was no receiver in the area, Brady was flagged for grounding. The grounding penalty comes with a 10 second runoff and the runoff ended the half.
- Welker -- He caught 10 passes for 138 yards and a touchdown. The 138 yards was Welker's second highest total this season.
- Rice -- He has been quiet this season, but he made a statement against New England by catching three passes for 81 yards, including the game-winning 46-yarder with 1:18 left.
- Seahawks FS Earl Thomas -- Thomas' interception of Brady in the fourth quarter saved the game for Seattle; New England was at the 6-yard line and looking to add to a 20-10 lead.
What they said about Wilson's game-winning TD pass to Rice:
- Rice -- "It was a heck of a throw. When I came out of my break, the whole time I was looking at the ball in the air and it was so pretty."
Numbers you should know:
- Brady's 395-yard game was the 49th 300-yard game of his career, tying him with former Seahawks and Oilers QB Warren Moon for seventh most all-time.
- Russell Wilson became only the fourth rookie QB to beat Bill Belichick's Patriots. Ben Roethlisberger, Colt McCoy and Mark Sanchez are the others.
- The 13-point fourth quarter comeback by the Seahawks was the team's biggest fourth quarter comeback since 2003.
Going forward: It was a big win for the Seahawks, but they won't have much time to enjoy it. Seattle will be heading to the Bay Area this week for a Thursday night showdown with San Francisco. On the other side of the country, New England will be hosting the New York Jets on Sunday in a suddenly very big AFC East game. All four AFC East teams are 3-3.